Washington: The US navy has posted an urgent requirement of the Tomahawk missiles being used for making fierce attacks on military bases in Syria. The US navy awarded a contract to the leading arms manufacturer, ‘Raytheon’ for the manufacture of 100 Tomahawk long range missiles. The increased demand for the Tomahawk missiles that can go undetected even under the Russian air defence systems installed in Syria, seems to be a warning for Russia.
Demand for the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles which has been performing important tasks for the US navy for the last few years, has increased. In the last one and a half years, the US navy has demanded for more than 800 Tomahawk missiles. Due to this, the navy has modified its contract with Raytheon three times so far. Last Friday it placed a new order for 100 Tomahawk missiles at a cost of $140 million. The delivery status of the previously ordered 700 missiles is still not confirmed. But as per the reports, the new demand of the US navy will be fulfilled by 2020.
The Fifth and the Seventh fleets of the US navy have destroyers equipped with Tomahawk missiles. Out of these, the destroyers in the US Fifth fleet are deployed in the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea. The destroyers in the US Seventh fleet similarly equipped with Tomahawk missiles are deployed in the Japanese marine limits patrolling the South China Sea.
Last year the destroyers, USS Ross and USS Porter had carried out a fierce Tomahawk missile attack on the Shayrat base located in the city of Homs in Syria. The US destroyers had fired 59 Tomahawk missiles and destroyed 20 airplanes. Last month the military bases in the Syrian capital of Damascus and Homs were attacked with 66 Tomahawk missiles. The Russian air defence system fired 40 rockets to stop these missiles. Russia also claimed that the Syrian rockets were successful in targeting the United States missiles. The United States army had refuted the Russian claims and made a counter claim that the Russian systems had completely failed to stop the United States missiles.
Against this background, the US navy’s fresh demand for Tomahawk is looked at very seriously.